University of Calgary’s Jack Simpson Gym was the scene for the Volleyball Alberta’s 15U Provincial Division 1 Championships. Wide open courts made for some breathtaking game play and fierce competition.

Day one

Power pool started off with a hard earned win over the Dinos (Calgary) in two sets. The new facility and tough serving by the hosts put the Selects on the back foot, but the girls did well to close out. Good sportsmanship was shown by one of the Dino athletes who was working the lines in set 2 and had the difficult task of flagging down a ball outside the antenna by her own team on a crucial point. This was followed by a two set win over the hard working NAVC Griffens Black squad (Edmonton). Kira Johnston and Alexis Bernier were tough attackers that the 403 Selects had to contend with once again. In the final pool play game, familiar rivals SPVC Blizzard (Grand Prairie) set up a rematch of the VA3 final. Strong distribution by SPVC setter Merynn Piepgrass paved the way for a 11-25 win for the northerners. In the second set, the 15U’s bounced back with a 25-16 win, but lost in the third with a 15-13 score. After 23 consecutive VA match wins, the 403 Selects 15s finally were handed a loss. With little time to think about streaks, the 403’s regrouped and took the crossover match against fellow Phoenix Festival Fiesta participants, SAS Rush (St. Albert). After a myriad of upsets and surprise outcomes on day 1, the girls were happy to come through in contention for Sunday.

Day two

The Selects were matched up for the 5th time this season against Seven Persons Wolves (Medicine Hat). Every time these teams have been matched up has been a tough battle. Big performances were had by the Wolves Jaiden Lehmann and Montana Wright, but the 403 girls were playing with passion and it showed on the court in a straight sets victory. Scores were 25-19 and 25-17. Semi finals brought a rematch with the Dinos (Calgary). Put under pressure by the serving and offense of Madi Macfie and Edan Wade, the 403’s fought, stayed the course and earned a spot in the gold medal final up against SPVC Blizzard (Grand Prairie). The first set saw 403’s win 25-20, then a loss in the second set 25-19. The third set saw the SPVC Blizzard earn the gold with a 15-11 score. The notable performance of Blizzard athlete, Brooklyn Wright was worthy of mention. The 403 Selects 15s left the Jack Simpson gymnasium with their heads up, but an undeniable disappointment that will feed their collective desire for West Nationals and next season.

Well done on an outstanding VA season!